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From John Murray Jr   15 September 1874

Summary

Sends CD a statement of number of thousands of copies printed thus far [by Murray’s] of: Journal of researches (12), Origin (13), Descent (10), and Expression (9).

Author:  John Murray, Jr; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  15 Sept 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 440
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9639

From R. F. Cooke   7 February 1874

Summary

Asks CD’s help in finding original woodcuts for "Voyage of a naturalist" [Journal of researches] for Reinwald.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  7 Feb 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 438
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9271

To R. F. Cooke   8 April 1874

Summary

Discusses illustrations for 2d edition of Descent.

"My nephew [Henry Parker] got into the Athenaeum with splendid success."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  8 Apr 1874
Classmark:  DAR 143: 290
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9398

To R. F. Cooke   10 April [1874]

Summary

Is glad to have Descent cheaper and sold more largely, but would be sorry to see it printed like the Origin. "The closeness of the lines is the great fault." Fears book might be very thick. "I hear scores of people complaining of the heavy and thick books which you publish."

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  10 Apr [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 143: 291
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9402

From R. F. Cooke   16 June 1874

Summary

In doubt about size of printing of the 2d edition of Descent. Profit on 2000 at 12s would be only £250.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  16 June 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 439
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9493

To R. F. Cooke   17 June [1874]

Summary

Hopes a printing of 2000 copies [of Descent, 2d ed.] will be safe. Regrets price must be 12s. He is sure it is much improved.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Date:  17 June [1874]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 340–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9496

From R. F. Cooke   12 November 1874

Summary

New edition of Descent just off the press. Murray feels price must be 9s instead of 12s, if it is to sell. This will reduce profit to almost nil.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 442
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9717

From R. F. Cooke   17 November 1874

Summary

Booksellers approve of [9s] price for 2d edition of Descent. 1350 copies were sold at annual sale.

Author:  Robert Francis Cooke; John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  17 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 443
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9721

To John Murray   4 April 1874

Summary

Has finished corrections for 2d edition of Descent – "as hard work as I have ever had in my life". Estimates it is 40 pages longer than 1st edition.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  4 Apr 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 350–1)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9388

To John Murray   12 April 1874

Summary

Discusses 2d edition of Descent. CD is inclined to a cheap edition and asks JM to consider a one-volume edition in double-column format.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  12 Apr 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 348–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9404

To John Murray   9 May [1874]

Summary

Recommends that JM consider publishing a new edition of J. F. McLennan’s Primitive marriage [1865]. CD considers it very valuable and not too indelicate.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  9 May [1874]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 347–347A)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9451

From John Murray   29 July [1874]

Summary

Orchids is at last sold out. Settles account.

The Origin [6th ed.] is making good [sales] progress.

Expression is not selling.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  29 July [1874]
Classmark:  DAR 210.11: 2
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9574

To John Murray   11 August 1874

Summary

Asks JM, as a favour, to use his influence with the Editor of Quarterly Review to print George Darwin’s answer to the charge made by the author of "Primitive man" [St George Mivart] that GD approved "of the encouragement of vice to check population".

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  11 Aug 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42153 ff. 48–9)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9598

From John Murray   12 August 1874

Summary

Acknowledges CD’s complaint against a paper [by St George Mivart] in the last Quarterly Review [see 9568]. Agrees to print George Darwin’s answer [see 9596].

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  12 Aug 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 41914 p. 203)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9599A

To John Murray   18 October 1874

Summary

Thanks for Quarterly Review [Oct 1874, containing G. H. Darwin’s letter and a rejoinder]. Is convinced the author is Mivart. Is therefore not surprised at malice in the article attacking his son [George Darwin] and grossly misrepresenting CD.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  18 Oct 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 345–6)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9685

From John Murray   3 November 1874

Summary

Statement of stock on hand of CD’s works.

Expression, curiously, at a dead stand-still.

Author:  John Murray
Addressee:  Charles Robert Darwin
Date:  3 Nov 1874
Classmark:  DAR 171: 441
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9707

To John Murray   5 November [1874]

Summary

Thanks JM for granting his request. Will write to D. Appleton.

CD is sorry about heavy loss from Expression; still thinks the book will sell in the course of years.

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  5 Nov [1874]
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 f. 344)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9710

To John Murray   14 December 1874

Summary

Sends a suggested title [for Insectivorous plants?].

Author:  Charles Robert Darwin
Addressee:  John Murray
Date:  14 Dec 1874
Classmark:  National Library of Scotland (John Murray Archive) (Ms. 42152 ff. 342–3)
Letter no:  DCP-LETT-9758
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